THE EVENING EDITION By Mike Huckabee
Good evening! Here are some stories from me that I think you will want to read.
DAILY BIBLE VERSE
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13 KJV
THE LATEST NEWS
1. An Old Saying:
There’s an old saying: “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” Last year, a number of corporations, terrified of being called "racist" by Twitter mobs, jumped on board the “woke” bandwagon, wrote big checks to BLM and the ACLU, and voiced solidarity with the reform (actually defund) the police movement. Well, they got what they asked for. Result?
This week, the CEOs of a number of those retail chains asked Congress to take action to save them from a wave of mass smash-and-grab robberies that have cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost merchandise.
They want Congress to pass the INFORM Consumers Act, to help safeguard consumers from buying stolen goods. Which sounds to me like putting a Band-Aid on a severed leg, and a stolen Band-Aid at that. Instead of hoping that people won’t buy stolen goods, how about stopping people from stealing? But proving that they’ve either learned nothing or are just cowards, some of these executives continue to praise, fund and support the same organizations such as BLM that have pushed the insane policies that have resulted in letting criminals take over entire cities.
Still, it’s good to see some tiny awareness of the connection between not prosecuting criminals and rising crime rates finally starting to dawn in the foggy brains of liberals. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whose home district in San Francisco is Ground Zero for leftist-enabled criminality, actually acknowledged that the retail theft mobs stripping high-end stores are “absolutely outrageous.” She said, “Obviously, it cannot continue…None of it is acceptable. It has to be stopped.”
But what’s causing it? She’s as clueless as the little girl in “Family Circus” who blames every problem on an invisible fairy named “Ida Know.” Pelosi went on:
“But the fact is that there is an attitude of lawlessness in our country that springs from I don’t know where, maybe you do, but we cannot have that lawlessness.”
Ooh, ooh! I know! Do I get a free set of Louis Vuitton luggage if I give her the answer?
Well, it’s said that a conservative is a liberal who was mugged, and maybe some liberal politicians are finally getting mugged by reality and are waking up instead of getting “woke.” After years of treating criminals like fish at a “catch-and-release” pond, San Francisco’s uber-liberal Mayor London Breed suddenly turned on a dime and started channeling famous former Frisco cop, Dirty Harry Callahan.
Breed declared, “It’s time the reign of criminals who are destroying our city, it is time for it to come to an end. And it comes to an end when we take the steps to be more aggressive with law enforcement. More aggressive with the changes in our policies and less tolerant of all the bull(BLEEP) that has destroyed our city.”
She added that this might “make a lot of people uncomfortable, and I don’t care. At the end of the day, the safety of the people of San Francisco is the most important thing to me.”
The police union fears that her rhetoric was a lot tougher than the plan she announced, but any acknowledgement of reality at all from police-defunding leftists has to be taken as a major leap forward. Still, I can’t help thinking that they are less concerned about all the criminals smashing and grabbing other people’s property than they are the thought of all those furious voters smashing into polling places and grabbing ballots next November.
2. Double Congratulations:
Double congratulations to newsletter and “Huckabee” TV contributor Laura Ainsworth! Her “other job” is as an award-winning retro jazz singer. This week, she learned that a major record distributor has signed to bring her music to South Korea. Also, this rave review of her new best-of CD “Top Shelf” (“a brilliant interpreter of song”) has just tied the record as the #1 most-viewed review on this music site for six straight weeks!
She passes along her thanks to everyone who’s clicked on it and shared it. I hope you’ll continue to do so and help her set a new record this week!
3. Naughty List:
With Christmas only nine days away, Kevin Downey Jr. at PJ Media has made up a Santa’s list of companies that are naughty to conservatives, and their competitors who are nice to conservatives (some may surprise you!) Just in case you don’t want to give your money to someone who’s telling you to get Scrooged.
Tuesday, at a DNC “holiday celebration” (don’t dare call it a Christmas party!), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of President Biden, “He’s just perfect!”
Ironically, this fell on the same day that New York Times (!) ran a column by Bret Stevens begging Biden to announce that he won’t run for reelection so that some other Democrats can start campaigning. Stevens noted Biden’s advanced age and that in his public appearances, he seems “uneven” and “sometimes alarmingly incoherent.”
I guess that’s why he seems perfect to Nancy Pelosi.
5. Just Lonely:
Maybe I should save this story for “In Case You Missed It,” but a manager for New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has been accused of trying to cheat his way into the High Occupancy Vehicle lane by driving with an inflatable doll in his passenger seat. As you can see at the link, it’s an inflatable male that looks a bit like the Autopilot in the movie “Airplane.”
But wait! He has a good excuse! He wasn’t trying to game the HOV system. He was just lonely. He told reporters, “I use it for the company,” adding, “Have I ever lied to you?”
I suspect he must think that everyone has nothing but air between his ears.
6. “Office to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia”:
Wednesday, the House passed on a party-line vote a bill sponsored by Rep. Ilhan Omar that would require the Secretary of State to create an “Office to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia” worldwide led by a presidentially-appointed “special envoy for monitoring and combating Islamophobia.”
I can see a few problems with this. First of all, I doubt it will pass the Senate. Second, there’s no clear definition of what “Islamophobia” is. Omar herself uses it as a convenient word to throw at anyone who aims deserved criticism at her. She cited as an example President Trump’s “Muslim ban,” which didn’t actually exist. That was a propaganda term designed to assign vile motives to a reasonable security measure.
For those not up on their history, Trump temporarily blocked travel from a handful of nations that were known hotbeds of anti-American terrorism and that couldn’t properly vet people coming here. Some were majority Muslim but others were not, while many majority Muslim nations weren’t on the banned list. If he was banning Muslims, it sure was a weird way to go about it.
Another problem is that if you’re going to call all violence against Muslims Islamophobia, how do you account for the fact that the worst violence and oppression against Muslims is committed by other Muslims (case in point: the Taliban in Afghanistan.)
Finally, if we’re going to make policing Islamophobia a federal concern, then we should also police Anti-Semitism. And if we create an office to crack down on that, its first action should be to remove Ilhan Omar from Congress.
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